Yorkshire is known for its quirky dialect and strong, broad accent, with the region having its own versions of commonly used words.
Here’s a detailed guide of commonly used Yorkshire phrases, some of which you may have heard of and some that may be completely new to you. You may already be fluent in the Yorkshire dialect, but if you're not this guide will help you master how to speak ‘proper Yorkshire’ in no time at all.
Guide for mastering the Yorkshire dialect
Back end: Autumn
Black bright: Very dirty
Bobby dazzler: A complimentary phrase used to describe something or someone that is considered outstanding, striking, or attractive
Bray: Hit or beat something (or someone)- predominantly only heard in Yorkshire.
Chuddy: Chewing gum
Coil ‘oil: Coal shed or cellar
Courtin’: Going out with
Eeh by gum: Oh my God
Ey up: Hello
Flaggin’: Getting tired
Flippin’ ‘eck: Bloody hell
Flit: Move house
Gennel/Ginnel: A narrow passage between buildings/an alleyway
Gi’oer: Give over
Lug ‘oil: Ear hole
Mardy: Moody, sulky or stroppy.
Mashin’: Making tea
Mebee: maybe or might do
Monk on: Grumpy or sulky
Nesh: To feel cold
Nithered: When you feel extremely cold
'Ow do: How do you do?
Phummock peeping out of an ivy bush: Untidy hair
Put wood in t’ole: Close the door
Shuft up: Make more room
Silin’: Raining heavily
Si ‘Thi’ later: See you later
Snap Tin: Sandwich box/lunch box
Was tha' born in a barn?: Close the door- you’ve left it open
Wittler: A worrier